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Pakistan to host Asia Cup 2023, announces ACC

DUBAI: Good news for cricket lovers as Pakistan has been given the turn to host the Asia Cup 2023, announced the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in its meeting held in Dubai.

The tournament, set to be played in the ODI format, will follow a T20 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka next year.

The ACC meeting, chaired by Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recognised that it is the turn of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host the event.

Shah said the PCB, as it has been maintaining in the recent times, has declared that it will not host the event at a neutral venue, but in Pakistan only.

The decision came hours after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly invited recently elected Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman (PCB) Ramiz Raja to watch the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final.

The PCB Chairman and the BCCI President met on the sidelines of the Asian Cricket Council’s Executive Board meeting on Friday.

Both Raja and Ganguly discussed several areas of common interest for both during this meeting.

Sources said that the informal meeting between the two heads of the boards took place in a cordial atmosphere while the two discussed the revival of Asian block and mutual cricket.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan will take on India in the upcoming T20 World Cup on October 24 in Dubai.